Glorious autumn weather at Carlisle but the Atlantic storms are rolling in and a filthy wet morning here, however spirits high after some decent performances yesterday. Jet Master was travelling with ease on the heals of the leaders in a good novice chase until he crashed through the third last unshipping Brian Hughes in the process, a run full of promise but deeply frustrating; for the moment we will continue to try to make him into a steeplechaser. Then Northern Acres ran a fine enough race to finish 5th, he may need a little help from the handicapper and he should come on for the run. Delighted with a brave 2nd from Bertie Milan, he should progress when stepped up in trip again and very pleased with Landecker’s 4th in what looked like a decent bumper, Marlee Massie on the other hand was very green and will go hurdling now.
The lorry was late back up the m74 last night but it’s already on its way back down with three runners for Aintree tomorrow where I expect the ground to be no worse than good to soft. After making myself deeply unpopular indoors yesterday for failing to use our in-house jockeys at Carlisle they will both be in action tomorrow, starting with Kit on Rossini’s Dancer in the 3.45, 7 run, and he should put up a bold effort so long as it doesn’t come too quickly after his recent Hexham win, as should Milano Magic who runs in the 4.20, Lucy on board and 11 run. Then in the 5.20 Blackmore makes his stable debut against some smart opposition, this trip might be on the sharp side for him, Lucy also rides Bright Abbey in the 3.15 on Sunday. Its a great reflection of how far the yard has come that within 3 hours of Mr Undecided making his mind up about what is running the lorry can be heading South with two of the team and three horses on board along with water, hay, feed and all the other paraphernalia needed for an overnight stay.
A good morning here, eventually the rain has started to ease the grass, I am amazed at how long this has taken but we seized the moment this morning to let the handbrake off on a few of the young horses, I love seeing them quicken up for the first time; Another Mattie and Or de Grugy were the lead horses for Ceilidh, Allforthelove, Spinning Away, Been Decided, Clan Chief and the un-named Dushyantor 4yo. Here’s to Harry also had his first spin on grass since returning from Strathearn Eventing, he looks strong and well.